I am not a robot

Pity Jason Striegel. He got his AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) account added to a list of sex chat bots...and can't convince IM'ers that he's really human. Read "How I Failed the Turing Test".

The Turing Test, for those not familiar with it, is a test of artificial intelligence proposed by Alan Turing, in which a computer program tries to act like a human in conversation. Turing envisioned using teletypes to hide the machine, but the 'net does the job even better.

"Four Amendments & a Funeral" - Rolling Stone

It's been said that those who love sausages or the law should never see either being made. As a vegan and an anarchist (a Zenarchist on a good day), I think that lovers of either should be forced to become intimately familiar with their origins, in order to cure those unhealthy loves. Rolling Stone takes us to the floor of the slaughterhouse of justice in Four Amendments & a Funeral: A month inside the house of horrors that is Congress. Depressing but necessary reading.

A look at "Superman Returns"

Newsweek (via MSNBC) has a visit to the set of Superman Returns:

At a dinner at studio chief Alan Horn's house last summer, Singer pitched his vision for "Superman": the Man of Steel has vanished for five years, then returns to Earth to find that the world is a different place and that his love Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) has a 4-year-old son and a fiance (James Marsden). It's unclear which man is the boy's father, and Lois doesn't exactly give Superman a hero's welcome. She writes a story in the Daily Planet that includes the line "The world doesn't need a savior. And neither do I."

Anonymous users can now send stories

Due to a Drupal bug in support for PostgreSQL, we couldn't allow anonymous users to submit stories. I've found a patch for that bug, so now you won't have to register before submitting a story to us.

So - see something interesting? Feeing unreasonable? Tell us about it.

"Intellectual Property" madness, Part XVII

For those who came in late: for years now, tech and media companies have been trying to use copyright and patent law to restrict your freedom to share information, or modify or explore the devices you buy, or generally do anything that might decrease their profit margin. The two latest examples:

Polyamory article in Baltimore Sun

I came across this suprisingly objective, perhaps even positive, article on polyamory from the Baltimore Sun. (Pointless registration required - try BugMeNot.com.) Very nice to see.

Tell Bush & Congress: Accept Cuba's offer to send doctors to the hurricane victims

According to VoteNoWar.org, Cuba is offering to send 1,100 doctors with over 26 tons of medical supplies to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The U.S. has not even acknowledged the offer.

Looks like continuing the last battle of the Cold War takes precedence over saving American lives.

You can petition Congress and the White House to accept this offer of aid here.

Rehnquist dead; we're boned

Just to put the final nail in the coffin of the American Century, looks like W is going to get to select not just one, but two Supreme Court justices. With the Senate little more than a rubber stamp, you can bend over and kiss your rights goodbye.

Think it's going to take the nation a long time to recover from Katrina? It's going to take decades to recover from the damage done to this nation by George W. Bush.

Are faeries playing with my car keys?

For some time I've harbored a sneaking suspicion that, on occasion, some of my possessions will go off and have adventures without me.

I first began to consider this possibility at festivals like FSG and Starwood, when lost items would suddenly re-appear in places I was sure had already been searched.

Ok, fine. Between the consciousness-altering effects of staying up all night at the bonfire, and the generally magickal atmosphere at these events, perhaps one should be willing to let one's perception of reality warp a bit around the edges without complaint.

Selling the house: third time the charm?

Well, we've got another buyer lined up for my grandfather's house. Third time's the charm? Hope so. Not only do we really need the money (I've gone about $50,000 in debt to fund buying his second wife out of the property and the renovations), but the emotional strain of not having my grandfather's estate settled yet is really wearing at all of us. We should settle at the end of September or early October.

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